I share this archived Reddit post more for metaphor than anything else. There is truth embedded in each statement. More importantly, however, this post highlights how rigidly attached the human collective are to their infantile sense of omnicidal entitlement. We are a bizarre species, hypnotically enthralled by our cars, trucks, SUV’s, smartphones, electronic devices, bacon, eggs, milk, burgers, chicken, cheese, denial, and comfort. In this widespread global arrogance, addiction reigns supreme over Life itself. And so it is: the road to hell is paved with with denial, gluttonous consumption and delusional intentions. Read on…
“In the early years of the 20th century, millions of black folks in the Congo were murdered for control of the rubber tree plantations that were needed to make car tires. Cars were the latest greatest thing. If you tell a 50 year-old man he has to give up his car to save life on earth, he’ll tell you to go to hell.
In the early years of the 21st century, millions of black folks in the Congo were murdered for control of the exotic minerals our smartphones need to work properly. Smartphones are the latest greatest thing. If you tell a 20 year-old they have to give up their smartphones to save life on earth, they will tell you to go to hell.
During the 100 years between all the mass murders in the Congo, Americans and Europeans sold millions of tons of guns and ammo to poor countries all around the world. If you tell an American he has to give up his guns to save life on earth, he’ll tell you to go to hell.
Renewable energy products have a life-cycle time of 30 years, after which they will all have to be replaced during a time of food, water, energy and mineral shortages. If you tell green energy boosters they have to give up renewable energy to save life on earth, they will tell you to go to hell.
Humans and our livestock occupy 97% of the land vertebrate biomass on earth. Humans and livestock consume 40% of annual land chlorophyll production and caused 80% of land vertebrate species extinction. If you tell a meat eater he has to give up meat to save life on earth, he will tell you to go to hell.
Sometime in less than 50 years, life on earth will pass the tipping point for runaway, unstoppable, irreversible, cascading mass extinction collapse, and because climate change is only 1 out of 6 direct drivers of this event, then renewable energy will do nothing in time to save life on earth and I will be told to go to hell.
You can blame capitalism, big bank, governments, and monstrous corporate conspiracies for the near-term collapse of life on earth, but these things could not exist without us, and that is why we are all going straight to hell.”